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Maritime Safety & Security News – 23 October 2010

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Mayport fishing industry shaken by death of shrimper in boat sinking off
While the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued their investigation into the accident Tuesday, workers in the historic

The officers of that vessel were also expected to submit reports on the incident. However, in the interim, no one has been placed on suspension or been

Dock workers hospitalized from chemical spill

PORT OF LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Three dock workers at the Port of Los Angeles have been hospitalized following a chemical spill on board a cargo ship October 23 2010. The chemical is called xylenol and is sometimes used in pesticides. The leak was reported around 4 p.m. aboard the APL Sweden at Berth 303.

Body of Woman Missing From Ship Found

Lia Hawkins, 33, was reported missing on Thursday by her brother and other crew onboard the M/V Sahara. Divers discovered her body Friday morning under a pier in the shipyard where the boat was docked. Hawkins was a manager onboard the 303-foot former NOAA ship that was being converted into a luxury yacht.

Coaster aground, Norway

Faroe coaster Havfrakt ran aground off Gisundet, Norway, at 0130 October 24, with cargo fish meal on board, sailing from Bergen. Attempts to refloat vessel with assisting rescue boat failed, supply vessel Nordkinn arrived to the scene. No reports on spill or injures. Havkraft IMO 7716490, dwt 1519, built 1979, flag Faroe Islands. On a pic Havkraft aground.

Police charge Kiwi man after Brisbane siege
safe use of transport infrastructure, attempting to destroy property by explosives, endangering property by fire and attempted arson of a vessel.

Lithuanian master paralyzed traffic in Amsterdam

Ducth freighter Eems Solar struck Zaandam bridge on October 24 around 0930, traffic was paralyzed for several hours till mobile heavy crane fixed bridge. Investigation under way against Lithuanian master.

Burnt-out ship brought to shore
German investigators also hope to examine the ship to find out the cause of the fire. Danes have a harder time opening up to others, according to Lars AP,

Tanker lost both anchors in storm, North sea

The Oraholm berthed at the Humber Quay of Cux-Port amin Cuxhaven on Oct 25, 2010. The ship lost both anchors and anchor chains in the Northsea on its way from Gdanks to Rouen, ETA Oct 27, in stormy weather.

Officials: Vessels must signal intentions, incident under investigation
It was a 62-foot foreign commercial vessel. As the first boat safely cruised under the bridge, the other tried to follow suit. The bridge attendant didn’t

Freighter freed after grounding in Buffalo harbor
Tug boats pulled the ship back out into the lake about six hours after the grounding. The freighter reached its destination on the Buffalo River later

Hong Kong: Maritime Awareness Week seminar discusses industry-wide concerns
namely the well-being of seafarers, marine pollution and piracy, were all of major concern to the long-term development of the maritime industry.

Drunk Captain Gets Minimal Prison Term

On Monday the U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington sentenced Capt. Seong Ug Sin from Korea to 14 days in prison, and six months of supervised release, during which time he is restricted from sailing in U.S. waters. A minimal sentence compared to the maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine he was facing.

Texas Maritime Lawyers Challenge Transocean’s Decision To Cut Injured Oil Rig
15, just six months after an explosion and fire aboard the oil rig killed 11 workers and triggered the enormous BP oil spill. “It’s appalling that this

Lake Ohrid case in which 15 Bulgarians drowned opens on October 26
When the accident happened, there were 54 Bulgarian tourists and three crew members on board. The vessel only had capacity for 42 people.

Tug campaign grows
The Scottish tugs had only assisted one vessel each in each of the past two years until last week’s incident off Skye. In his letter to the minister,

Innovation award for Hook Marine’s vessel stability monitor
Accident reports indicate that around 60 per cent of lives lost in the industry are due to flooding or capsizing of the vessel.




British forces in cargo ship rescue
The MV York was travelling from Mombasa to Mahe in the Seychelles with 17 crew when pirates seized it, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority said.

12 Africans Start Yemen Trial on Piracy Charges
Their acts harmed Yemen’s economic and trade position and exposed maritime navigation and vessels to dangers, the prosecution said.

Somalia: Pirates Fail in Pirating Mv Beluga Fortune in Somali Basin
As a result, the pirates set fire to part of the superstructure and immediately abandoned the ship on 25 October. “A team of Royal Marines from HMS Montrose

Piracy crisis drives up cost of imports
Things are not expected to get any better in the coming months, according to maritime experts, as the attack peak season sets in.

Shipping companies search for solution to growing piracy
The United Nations has been involved in talks to find a solution to the threat of piracy. Aside from the challenges, the maritime industry in the Middle

Anti-piracy measures for sale in Hamburg
Earlier this year the International Maritime Bureau warned that attacks on merchant shipping are on the rise. European defense officials say Somali pirates

Israel eyes technology to disable ships at sea without boarding
Officials said the project to stop cargo or passenger ships without sinking them could take several years. They said the Navy examined options to avoid an



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Malawi military attaché arrested for ‘cruising’ on the river Shire

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